Walking sport festival launches in Leicester

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The city’s first Walking Sports Festival has been launched by the Leicester Changing Cities team.

The free event, taking place on Friday, May 17 at the Morningside Arena, will give attendees the chance to take part in taster sessions of walking basketball, cricket and football.

 The professional sports clubs behind each activity will run the sessions.

Walking Sports are designed for people over 50 who are looking for a different way to build more activity into their life.

More than that, it’s a great way for men and women of the same age to socialise, while getting more active in a friendly, non-judgemental and relaxed environment.

Project Support Officer Sunny Rohit said: “Walking sports are a great way for men and women of the same age to socialise, while getting more active in a friendly, non-judgemental and relaxed environment.

“Physical activity improves your health and fitness, builds and maintains healthy bones and muscles, and reduces the risk of becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes.

 “It’s also known to improve your mood and help with anxiety and depression. We wanted to give older people the opportunity to have a go at their favourite sport, but at a slower speed.”

 The event has been created to celebrate the work the Leicester team has done, since joining Novo Nordisk’s Cities Changing Diabetes programme.

 Since May 2018, the Leicester Changing Diabetes team has screened 700 city residents and identified more than 250 people who are deemed at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Fiona Bailey